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Old 04-27-2007, 07:18 PM   #181
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And this. . .



These aren't lakes by the way - they're just flooded wetlands which stay that way most of the year, getting deeper and shallower according to season. Kakadu is where there are 6 seasons:
Gunumelong, (mid-October to late December) the season before the monsoon, with afternoon storms
Gudjewg, (January to March) monsoon time
Banggereng, (April - that's now) the 'knock-em down' storm season!
Yegge, (May to mid-June) cooler but still a humid time so a bit misty at times,
Wurrgeng, (mid-June to mid-August) what they think is the cold weather season (30C days, 17C nights), and
Gurrung, (mid-August to mid-October) the season of hot dry weather.

Cool, huh?

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Old 04-27-2007, 07:21 PM   #182
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First fuel stop of the day is at South Alligator, on the river of the same name. Why Alligator? Well, some twat early British explorer who clearly didn't know much biology, saw all the crocs and thought no-one would notice if he mis-named just one little river, surely? This is only 215km out of Darwin by the way, but I was planning a bit of a detour up the road and wasn't sure where I'd next get fuel.
funny all the years i lived in Darwin it never occurred to me till now that there was something strange about the name South Alligator, but i've always been a bit slow on up take but i think it sounds better than South Crocodile
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:32 PM   #183
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Back on the Pig, I thought I'd go and have a look at this Cahill's Crossing on the East Alligator. There's a 'dozer working on the far shore, and even if I could cross this bloody torrent, there's no way I'd get through the deep, soft dirt on the far side. But look at that water! It's almost a meter deep, so I was going no closer!


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Old 04-27-2007, 07:40 PM   #184
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The road out of the park heads south-west and is called, appropriately enough, the Kakadu Highway. After everything I'd seen on the Arnhem Highway it was pretty old hat, but there's always a surprise on a ride like this. I only stopped to get this one shot, but there were quite a few fires burning all up and down this road. No-one paid them any attention either, because although they looked spectacular, the undergrowth was still too green and damp to sustain a real hot fire, so they do little damage and quickly burn out. Funny watching the birds of prey hovering over the smoke waiting for some hapless furry thing to make a run for it across the road though! Birds smart enough to use fire for hunting. Not sure they lit the fires by themselves though. I mean, where would they get matches?


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Old 04-27-2007, 07:42 PM   #185
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If you travel in outback Oz, you have to get a shot of a giant anthill. I think it's a rule or something. Check this baby out!


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Old 04-27-2007, 07:50 PM   #186
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And then I was back in Katherine, after a 670km ride for the day. It was after 4.30pm, and with some trouble finding a cheap place to stay, I wasn't tucked away in a room until quite late. In the end I settled on the Hotel Katherine, which was fine, but I had to go up the street to a Red Rooster for dinner! No pub meals ferchrisake. The reason for the low mileage, and the similar mileage I planned for the following day, was that I had to be in a motel with cable TV sports on Sunday night - SBK donchaknow. So, end of day 9, total mileage 7936km. Tomorrow, off to the western half of the continent and yet another different world. . .

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Old 04-27-2007, 07:50 PM   #187
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Keep going! Don't stop now...

I want to know what happened with your rear suspension...
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:58 PM   #188
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Day 10, Point of departure Katherine

It was a little overcast when I set out, but it was quickly burning off and would soon be hot as hades and twice as damp, so I didn't care. Before leaving the Northern Territory for good on Day 11, I thought I better show you one of these.



Anywhere else in Australia, this 130kmh sign would be greeted with glee, but here in the NT there was no open road speed limit until last year. And the locals are not happy. Although I am quite happy cruising at anywhere between 110 and 140 depending on circumstances, you can see their point when the distance between Alice and Darwin, the only two decent sized towns/cities in the NT, is 1500km. Nothing in this place is close, and when you're out there, you really can't see the logic of slowing people down too much. Personally, I'm happy with 130 though.

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Old 04-27-2007, 08:00 PM   #189
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Keep going! Don't stop now...

I want to know what happened with your rear suspension...

Ah yes - that's still to come. All this time I'm thinking the bike feels like shite and if only I could wind up that shock a bit more. . . But I get ahead of myself. All I can say is that I was beginning to have serious issues with Mr Wilbur, who turns out to be innocent.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:02 PM   #190
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Within a few miles the scenery has changed quite dramatically from what I'd seen so far. Along with some great, sweeping roads and wide open spaces, I was now getting low hills and lots of small creeks. Check out the sky! Told you so.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:03 PM   #191
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:04 PM   #192
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- that's all I have to say.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:07 PM   #193
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Out here, the first escarpments of the Gregory National Park around Victoria River begin to show themselves. This is the beginning of some majestic country and no matter how big a piece of shite your rear suspension is, it's hard to get your mind off the scenery. It's awesome. You look at pics like this and you think: yeah, nice what one can do with a camera. Well let me tell you, it's bigger, redder, greener, bluer and wider when you are actually there.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:13 PM   #194
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The Victoria River Roadhouse - I didn't stop for fuel, just shade, and a drink. The nice thing was that the humidity was a lot less here than so far in the trip. Once you head west from Darwin, that's the way it goes in my experience.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:16 PM   #195
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Same place, looking at the other side of the road. See what I mean about the escarpment? And road trains like this one, just carrying a mixed bag of stuff, are quite common up here, linking all the smaller towns on this highway for the next 4000km or so around to Perth.


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